Diets for Epilepsy in Dogs

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Diets for Epilepsy in Dogs
Epilepsy in dogs can sometimes be controlled through proper diet. (dog image by Ramona smiers from

Epilepsy is a condition that causes seizures in both humans and pets. Dogs suffering from epilepsy primarily experience two types of seizures, according to the website "Purely Pets." Partial motor seizures affect only one group of muscles, while major motor seizures affect the entire body and can cause unconsciousness. While epilepsy medication is generally prescribed for severe cases, a healthy diet can frequently reduce epileptic symptoms and flare-ups.

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Vitamins in food are often destroyed through the sterilisation and packaging process of creating packaged food, reducing the nutrients a dog receives directly from the food. Epilepsy has been linked to a deficiency in vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid, according to the website "Canine-Epilepsy." You can buy these supplements for your dog at pet stores or from your veterinarian.

Orange Vegetables

Epilepsy can be aggravated by highly processed foods. The "Purely Pets" website suggests supplementing your pet's regular dog food with orange vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes, since they are a natural and healthy food. If your pet does not like raw vegetables, try cooking or boiling them to make the vegetables easier to digest.

Green Vegetables

Green vegetables, such as cabbage or celery, provide large amounts of vitamins and nutrients that will help regulate your dog's blood-sugar levels. Fluctuating sugar levels often contribute to a seizure, so regular snacks will help reduce your dog's seizures. If your dog does not like the taste of vegetables, try mixing them with meat.

Organic Meats

Catherine Lane, a canine holistic consultant, recommends supplementing an epileptic dog's diet with organic meat. Meat that is organic is less likely to contain chemicals and preservatives that will aggravate epilepsy and cause a seizure. The biologically appropriate raw food diet (BARF diet) suggests lamb, chicken, beef and liver as ideal meats for your dog.

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